Electro-pop band Balloon Ride Fantasy’s sound has shifted over the years from a very tight indie rock outfit, to fantastically layered synth.

“I felt like a lot of bands were doing the super-indie thing and it kind of got saturated. I was like “We should switch over to some synths; get some really hardcore cool synths and electric drums.” We tried to add a lot of harmonies. As we’ve progressed as a band, it’s more layers and more stuff,” says Chris Olszewski front man for the band.  
Olszewski claims he’s totally fine giving up his guitar to primarily focus on lead vocals.


“Actually I haven’t brought my guitar to show in like 2 or 3 years. I was like “Ah, I hate carrying my amp and my guitar. Forget it! I’m just gonna sing from now on.” It’s hard to sing and play anything complex.”


Balloon Ride Fantasy lives up to its whimsical name not only sonically, but also in lyrical content


“I feel like we actually write about fantastic things, like robots and stuff. There’s no allegory, I’m really just writing about robots and unicorns. It sounds stupid, but it’s not as stupid as it sounds.”


Balloon Ride Fantasy’s new EP: BRF is out now. Find more on their website.

Listen to the full conversation with Chris on The Local 913 Podcast.

Photo: Tim Evans